If you want to hear live music this spring and summer, then slather on some sunscreen or your favorite dancing shoes and head to one of these upcoming festivals.
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
Now in its 10th season, AJMF will celebrate “Jewish Contributions to Music” March 7 – 17 at venues around the city. This year’s fest will specifically nod to Jewish contributions to American music with a specially curated lineup featuring Grammy winning artists, up and coming bands, historian presentations and a salute to both Leonard Bernstein and the Academy Awards. Some of this year’s headliners include Grammy-winning Bill Charlap Trio, Lawrence, Ben Sidran, ATL Collective and more. For tickets and information, visit atlantajmf.org.
Atlanta Blues Festival
The second annual Atlanta Blues Festival makes a stop at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 13. This year, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Tucka, Ronnie Bell, Pokey Bear and Theodis Ealey will share the stage in a night of legendary blues music. For tickets and information, visit foxtheatre.org.
The Amplify Decatur Music Festival returns to the downtown square Saturday, April 13, with a line-up featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples and two-time Grammy award winner Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The lineup also includes Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin, acclaimed singer-songwriter Julien Baker, and the Atlanta-based jam-rock band The Bitteroots. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and the show will close at 11 p.m. Tickets are available at AmplifyDecatur.org .
SweetWater 420 Fest
The line-up for the annual SweetWater 420 Fest, which will be held April 19-21 at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown, will feature headliners Widespread Panic performing four sets over two nights, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and more than 50 other acts. For the full line-up and ticket information, visit sweetwater420fest.com.
Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats
Head to Central Park on May 3-5 for weekend of music sure to make you go weak in the knees as Beck, Incubus, Cage the Elephant, Tame Impala, Tears for Fear and Interpol headline the festival. If you want to dance, head back to the park on May 10-11 for Shaky Beats, featuring Martin Garrix, Rufus Du Sol, Big Gigantic, Fisher, San Holo, Gryyfyn. Tickets are available at shakykneesfestival.com or shakybeatsfestival.org.
Breman Museum’s Molly Blank Concert Series
The 6th annual series will focus on the contributions of Jewish artists and composers to the music of our times in the Breman Museum auditorium. The series includes a “Salute to Hollywood” on March 10, an evening of young classical musicians called “From the Top “ on April 7 and “The Music of the Marx Brothers” on June 2. For tickets and information, visit thebreman.org.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
The lineup is still being decided but go ahead and mark your calendars for Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 26, for two days of smooth sounds. Keep an eye on the atlantafestivals.com site for more details about this year’s event.